Kenneth Edward Ellis, 78 of Edinburgh, passed November 15, 2023. He was born December 24, 1944, in Wayne, Michigan to the late Jesse and Aleva (Jones) Ellis. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Rita Kay (Myers) Ellis; and sons, David Ellis of Waverly IN, Brian (Cathy) Williams of Southport IN and their two children Astin (Moe Childs and sons Cohen and Caden) of FA, and Nick Williams and daughter Chloe of Franklin, Barry Willliams (Ena Johnson) of Fishers and Bruce Williams of Charlotte, NC, sisters Patty (Ken) Fair and Betsy Ellis of Greenwood.
He had a long and varied work career in family farming, surveying, the Loogootee school corporation, plumbing, electrical and HVAC, Joe Neal and sons Plumbing, steamfitter International Harvester culminating in manufacturing management for Case Cummings in Whitaker, NC, His own business of K&T Commercial Painting Services, returning to Cummins in Columbus and finally full circle to Navistar Indianapolis. In pre-retirement 18 months contractually with Continental Tire NC and post-retirement he and Rita worked in motor coach sales while living in Statesville, North Carolina. They often wintered in Mississippi, The Keys, NC, and Arizona.
Kenny was a proud Shriner and awarded many times for his philanthropic endeavors.
Kenny's hobbies included first and foremost music. He entertained in his later years as a karaoke host and performer, preceded by decades as "the leader of the band", of his own band and live music venue.
There will be no formal services as he orchestrated his own celebration of life on his own terms, power and choices months before his demise.
The family respectfully asks that in lieu of flowers, a memorial donation be made to the Shriners Children's Organization, Hospice of Columbus IN, or any worthy cause of your choosing. Private arrangements have been entrusted to Community Funeral Care, Edinburgh.